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Thursday, April 14, 2005
Golf As A Phys Ed Requirement
Posted 11:44 PM by Brian D.
You might think I'm joking, but I'm not. At the "Surviving and Thriving As A New Lawyer" seminar held last August, one of the speakers noted how the game of golf changed his professional life. People at his firm would ask him if he wanted to play golf. The lawyer replied that it wasn't his game and continued to play basketball as his preferred physical activity. After several months this lawyer noted that many things were occurring at his firm and with clients that he knew nothing about. The attorney inquired about his lack of being in the loop and was told, "We talk about so many things on the golf course, but you never come."

The attorney quickly learned to play golf.

Though a bit of a stereotype it has enough truth to provide a lesson to us all: many decisions between lawyers are not made by briefs and oral arguments in front of a judge, but are made in friendly games of golf. The social aspects of golf provide a relaxed atmosphere to discuss business related matters. A lot of important things are casually discussed during 18 holes.

One of the criticisms of law school is that it teaches you the law, but it doesn't teach you how to practice the law. Faculty, administration, and students stress clinics, internships, or actual legal employment as a way to learn the practical day-to-day aspects of our legal world. All are good suggestions; however, instead of taking a 2 credit seminar in an obscure area of law might I suggest a physical education requirement instead. Not only would we learn an activity that keeps us physically and mentally healthy, but it would also provide opportunities to enrich our careers.


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